I found this cork oak tree down below Jimena, near to the river. There are lots down there; this whole area is famous for them, and they are harvested for their cork every 9 years or so, I believe. That’s why it has a smooth section in the middle! This appears as a reddish tan colour, but as I am not doing colours yet you’ll just have to imagine it 🙂 The whole area here is a natural park and is named after them, ‘Parque Natural Los Alcornocales’. As far as I know, they are protected and if you have one on your land you are not allowed to chop it down (not that you would want to!) The harvesting of the cork is done entirely by hand and the cork carried back on a mule.
Excellent, love the way you’ve drawn the bark.
Sadly we don’t have any cork trees round here, just lots and lots and lots of olives! I really like your drawing, I think it’s great that you are making your Spanish memories with drawings, it’s a lovely idea. I’ve not done any drawing here yet but I plan too and also some painting, I’m very rusty but you’ve inspired me, thank you 😀
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Loving your sketches 🙂
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